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Emergency Medical Services

Students Helping Students Since 1965

Western Carolina University EMS is a basic life support (BLS) service licensed by the North Carolina Office of EMS that operates under the affiliation agreement with Harris EMS to provide 911 emergency response services to the WCU community. The agency is part of Health Services and is fully staffed by WCU students with EMT certification or higher. 

WCU EMS Vehicles

WCU EMS Vehicles

Students from various majors make up WCU EMS with many pursuing the emergency medical care program. The team works 12 hours shifts with one officer on duty and one to two part-time staff. Student officers are the chief and five assistant chiefs, including a training officer, logistics officer, human resource officer, public relations officer and educational outreach officer. 

WCU EMS provides care and transport to the students, faculty, staff, and visitors of Western Carolina University twenty-four hours a day through the fall and spring semesters. The primary response area is the university campus. WCU EMS transports patients to Health Services and to Harris Regional Hospital, located in nearby Sylva, N.C.

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Stop the BleedEMS to offer nationally recognized Stop The Bleed Training

Stop The Bleed Training

WCU EMS Officers will be offering Stop The Bleed training to all Students, Faculty and Staff of WCU. All trainings will be held in Campus Recrecation Center Meeting Room.  Maximum 20 attendees per session.  Please contact WCU EMS for your reservation.

Training Dates:
February 5, 7, 10, 12, 17, 19, 26, 28 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm
March 2, 4 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm

For more information visit Stop The Bleed.



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